Monday, May 23, 2016

Meet the Masters :: Rembrandt van Rijn

"Practice what you know, 
and it will help to make clear what now you do not know." 
~ Rembrandt

It's been quite awhile since I've shared pictures from any of our "Meet the Masters" unit studies and art projects. The kids look so much younger in that last post on Claude Monet! I'm sure I will think the same thing when I look back at this post in a couple years... I have pictures to share eventually from the past seven or eight artists we've studied, but I'm going to start with our most recent which focused on highlights and shadows inspired by Rembrandt. 

Rembrant is the fourth artist featured in Track C. We used the lesson for ages 10-Adult, which worked well for all but our littlest ones. I ended up helping Rose with her art. So fun! 

.: Master Artist Introduction :. 

Rembrandt van Rign (REN-brant)

Dutch Painter (1606-1669)

Rembrandt developed a painting style using light and dark that is unlike that of any other artist. This "Rembrandt Lighting" creates beautiful contrasts in his etching and painting. He painted more self-portraits than any artist in history - a visual autobiography of his life in 17th Century Holland.

Art Activity Emphasis: Highlights and Shadows

Media: White Chalk, Black Oil Pastel, White Oil Pastel

Vocabulary: Light, Dark, Highlight, Detail, Portrait, Self-Portrait, Background, Shadow, Composition, Etching, Profile, Luminous

.: Art Supplies :.

One 12"x18" sheet of newsprint (placemat)
One 12"x15" sheet of black construction paper
White Dustless Chalk

.: Practice Technique - Shadows, Highlights & Rooftops :.

.: Art Project - The Mill :.

.: Additional Reading :. 

Chiquita also pulled out her Rembrandt card from her set of Usborne Famous Paintings
(The cards are currently overpriced at Amazon but you can order them directly from one of my current sponsors who is an independent consultant here if you are interested.) 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Burning Down the House

A historic house in the heart of our little town was used for a "Burn to Learn" training this weekend. We headed into town to spend some of each day watching the burn.

The back, left, upstairs window was where my desk was located once upon a time, when I worked preparing taxes as a young pregnant and then nursing mother (with our firstborn rocking in his swing right next to my desk!) over fifteen years ago.

Downstairs was our favorite local restaurant. They had the best Grilled Burritos, Pesto Chicken Wraps, Raspberry Chipotle Chicken, amazing salads with homemade Cilantro Pesto dressing, and so much more.

Yesterday firefighters from a number of districts took turns lighting small fires inside and then more crews went in with hoses to put them out. Later in the afternoon the engines pulled up to the house and treated the training as if it was a real 911 structure fire call. Today it was burned down completely. It was sad to see it go but neat that it was used to help train firefighters!

"I want to be a FIREMAN when I grow up!!!" - Bud, age 4

I'm hoping I can find some extra time this week to pull out our fire themed picture books and maybe create some new Fire Safety Lap Books with my little ones.  It's been almost 7 years since I made those with the older children... Time flies!

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life with Like Mother, Like Daughter. ~


...Raindrops on Roses... 

This beautiful St. Therese doll arrived in the mail from Dolls From Heaven. I'm planning to give her to our youngest daughter later this year for either her birthday or Christmas... If I can wait that long! 


Now both of the older boys have been featured as "Athlete of the Week" in our local newspaper!

The last two months our schedule was packed full with golf tournaments and other prior commitments, but this past Wednesday we were finally able to attend the Kiwanis Club meeting and the boys were each presented with their "Student of the Month Award" for March and April.  


I told our high schoolers that if they were somehow able to complete and get As on their "Persuasive Speeches" by the deadline their language arts tutor gave them (despite their schedule the previous week which included three long days at golf tournaments, including the Regional/Districts tournament, daily team practices, other schoolwork, getting braces off for one of them, hosting Father Boyle for dinner on Saturday, and serving at our every-other-month Extraordinary Form Latin Mass Sunday evening) they might be able to persuade us to take them to a movie they wanted to see... 
I think they even surprised themselves when they pulled it off! 

We took them to see it last Sunday night, after celebrating a birthday. So much fun!


Our amazing tutor reading Focus on Elementary Geology to the three little ones. ♥
She is such a blessing! I don't know how I'd keep up without her help each Thursday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Old Fashioned Party Games :: Ring Toss & Fabric Wrapped Hula Hoops

Sharing pictures from our Mother Daughter Tea Party last weekend reminded me that I still have quite a few birthdays and party games that I never had a chance to post here on the blog. The kids keep reminding me too. They love looking through the archives and scrolling through all their past birthday parties!

Today I'm going to finally finish up a post that has been in my draft folder for nearly two years. I made this ring toss & fabric wrapped hula hoops inspired by Two Shades of Pink for our oldest daughter's "Anne of Green Gables" birthday. It was easy to make and turned out so pretty. We still pull it out occasionally in the spring and summer.

Here is what I used: 
  • Empty Soda Bottles, wash and dried
  • Pink Spray Paint
  • White Spray Paint
  • Wooden Crate
  • Small Embroidery Hoops
  • Pretty Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Keeping it as quick and simple as possible, I spray painted the crate white and the bottles pink. Later that evening, the night before the birthday party, I wrapped both the inner and outer rings of the embroidery hoops with strips of pretty fabric, securing it with dabs of hot glue, to make six rings.  

Using longer/wider strips of fabric, I also wrapped the hula hoops, securing the fabric with hot glue. They turned out so pretty and were such a fun addition to the party! 

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